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former president george w. bush will also join president obama in speaking at today's interfaith ceremony. funerals for the five officers killed this week begin today and they go go throughout the weekend. last night hundreds attended a vigil here where the police chief spoke to the families of the fallen. >> we are now your surrogate family members. we're your brothers and your sisters. when you need us, you call. because we will not only be loving you today, we will be loving you always. >> meantime right now on capitol hill attorney general loretta lynch is set to appear before the house judiciary committee. the planned focal point is recent terror attacks in orlando and san bernardino, but lawmakers are also expected to questions lynch over that impromptu meeting with former president bill clinton in
relation to the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. speaking of hillary clinton, we will soon witness a long awaited turning point in the presidential race, clinton is finally getting the endorsement of bernie sanders, just about an hour from now the two will appear together in new hampshire, a state where sanders beat clinton by a whopping 22 points back in february. and that's where we start our coverage. kristen welker is with the clinton campaign. it's been a long time coming, so let's talk bernie sanders and just how enthusiastic do we think this endorsement is going to be? >> well, that's the big question. the sanders campaign saying that he is going to endorse her, it will be a full throated endorsement, but the question is will voters see it that way? so that's what we're going to be listening for, chris, but, look, this is a long time coming, as you rightfully point out. you can't underscore that enough. it comes some 36 days after secretary clinton inchd clinched the nomination, she's also gotten endorsements from elizabeth warren, president obama, vice president biden.
so the democrats have already started to unify. still senator sanders is the final holdout. so this is very significant. and it comes after secretary clinton made a number of concessions over the weekend to the party's platform on healthcare, agreeing to a public option for obamacare, on education and also agreeing to fight for a $15 minimum wage. that was of course senator sanders' signature policy position. so this was a hard fought endorsement, there is no doubt about that, but it comes at a pivotal time, after that scathing report from the fbi, she wasn't indicted but of course fbi corrector comey did say that she was careless, that has clearly hurt her in the polls today. our latest nbc news survey monkey poll shows her with a lead but it's only a 3 point lead, 47 to 44%. so this is welcome news from the clinton campaign. the question is how quickly will some of these sanders holdouts get on board. they are hoping that happens in
short order. there is no doubt about that, chris. >> will he officially suspend his campaign because he has been under some criticism because we're still paying as taxpayers for his secret service protection? >> i think that that is the expectation, chris. will he suspend his campaign today? we will have to wait and see. but because of the pressure and because of the reality of the situation you would expect senator sanders will suspend his campaign. i've been talking to his officials throughout the morning, they tell me expect to see him out on the campaign trail. i asked the question how often will he be on the campaign trail? they're telling us that those details will be released a little bit later on in the coming days, but certainly they say his top priority is defeating donald trump. now, our latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows that sanders supporters will actually vote for clinton 78% compared to 10% who say right now they're going to choose trump and of course the clinton campaign hopes to win over those remaining 10%.
chris. >> and finally, kristen, put on your hat as white house correspond. we know the president is coming here as consoler and chief but how far do we expect him to go addressing race relations today? >> reporter: i think he is going to address race relations and the broad picture. i've been talking to a white house official who earlier today said, look, he is going to do a couple of things, he is going to extend his condolences to not only the community there in dallas but to the entire country that is grieving and mourning over what happened, and over the state of affairs right now, these increasing tensions between minority communities and police departments and the fact that, quite frankly, polls show that a lot of americans think that race relations have actually gotten worse. i think you will also hear him talk about guns and all of these issues that played into the tragic events that unfolded last week. chris. >> kristen welker in new hampshire who will stay there throughout today. thank you.
i want to bring in "washington post" columnist ruth marcus. ruth, this is the 11th time that this president has had to travel to a city after a mass killing and he has given so many of these speeches before. what does he say now that he hasn't said before? i mean, we know that he's frustrated, members of his senior staff are frustrated that in spite of the fact that he has had soaring hour tory and he has tried to fight this fight it seems very little has changed, ruth. >> it's a big challenge for him but what makes this episode and it's so sad that this is number 11, but what makes this episode different of course is the tragic loss of life of police officers, the worst since 9/11. so i think it's going to be really important for the president to address the role of police, the state of community police relations and what needs to happen in this country in the dialogue about police relations
with the community so we can do our best to avert these kinds of things going forward. so it's both -- it's both sadly familiar and there's this really tragic new twist as well. >> we are going to see him side-by-side with former president george w. bush. there is something to be said about the symbolic power of that image. it's not that they haven't been before together, they walked on the anniversary of selma, they were together on 9/11, but how important is it to see those two men, the current leader and former leader of the free world both coming here and speaking about this issue? >> i think particularly at this moment we are in the middle of this inevitably -- every political campaign is going to be partisan, a presidential campaign is going to be partisan. this one is especially nasty and for various reasons especially divisive and so i think for that
reason it's helpful in terms of just the symbolic move to try to tell the country that we are one country, that we can heal, that we can move forward together to see the two presidents together. it's a good sign at a painful time. >> but the conversation will continue and i think you only have to listen to donald trump yesterday, he called himself the law and order candidate to understand that he thinks this tragedy in dallas could mean something important for his presidential campaign. how much do you think that these issues are going to be part of the consideration going forward and to whose advantage potentially? >> i thought that the casting of himself as the law and order candidate just was odd, not the smartest politically to me, and struck a little bit of an odd note when richard nixon talked about himself as a law and order
candidate in 1968 or when politicians of both parties ran and emphasized the war on crime back in the '90s, crime was much more of a problem, civil unrest was much more of a problem in 1968 than it is now. now you see even conservative columnists and conservative commentators confronted with the reality of these police videos saying, wow, hey, our instincts are with the police intuitively, but we're looking at this, the video doesn't lie, and we need to grapple with the reality of police community relations. so i don't think the law and order certainly for a segment of the population and those who might vote for trump it might be resonant, but i don't think it's necessarily going to be resonant for voters who are still on the trump/clinton fence. >> ruth marcus from the
"washington post," always good to talk with you, ruth. thanks. >> thanks, chris. minutes from now, again, president obama will be boarding air force one heading hear here for the kind of trip as we said he has had to make too many times before. the president and first lady visiting dallas to try to comfort the community and they will meet privately with victims of the shooting as well as their families. he will speak at an interfaith memorial service in a few hours as well. that will be attended by vice president biden, former president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush. the nations leaders past and present mourning alongside this broken community. even the chief of police wearing his heart break and his fatigue on his sleeve. >> to be quite honest i'm running on fumes. many of you have asked for interviews, i've tried to nicely ignore you. i hope you understand that my brain is fried. >> nbc's tammy leitner has more on the presidential visit.
tammy this comes as funerals are being set one by one for the fallen officers. give us some insight into what you expect today. >> reporter: a very tough day, chris, as you can imagine. the president is set to arrive here in about three and a half hours, he will be speaking in the hall behind me. there's already really a sense of heightened security out here, you've seen officers that have been brought in from other jurisdictions around the perimeter of the block, officers lining the entire hall behind me. we're told they have already given out about 2,000 tickets so people will be arriving here in the next few hours, i imagine showing up early. we know that the president largely has written this speech himself, he was still working on it late into the night last night. one thing he's probably very mindful of is this is just the community of dallas mourning, it's an entire nation that's mourning. the visiting hours for officer brent thompson will be later this afternoon, they're planning the funeral services for the other four fallen officers it
will start tomorrow and the following day. chris. >> and as we see the police and the community mourn, investigators are still trying to figure out why. they're learning more about micah johnson and we've heard from his parents for the first time. >> reporter: that's right. his parents have spoken out for the first time and i ironically they said that their son wanted to be a police officer when he was younger. that he loved his country. that was why he enlisted in the army. but they said that he really changed after he got back from afghanistan. he became a permit. we have some sound with his parents, let's go ahead and listen to that. >> and, you know, his parents, they also said that they loved their son, but they hate what he did, as you can imagine most of the country does. chris. >> yes. sorry, we weren't able to get
that tape. nbc's tammy leitner, thank you very much. attorney general loretta lynch is about to testify before the house judiciary committee. we are expecting her to be questioned about everything from recent terror attacks and expect a lot of this, her unscheduled and heavily criticized meeting with former president bill clinton. nbc's kelly o'donnell is monitoring this for us. kelly, what are you expecting? >> reporter: well, good morning, chris. the attorney general is in the room and the hearing is just under way. part of why this is happening is the house judiciary committee has regular responsibility of oversight on the department of justice, on the fbi and it is a regular thing for the attorney general to come and speak before the panel, but we are in less than regular times because of the points you just made, her unexpected meeting with former president bill clinton right before the results were known of the fbi investigation of hillary clinton, also some of the other issues about police and criminal
justice in the united states, as well as some of the terror attacks that we have seen. this is a time when loretta lynch will be questioned on some of these issues and she will also have the opportunity to tell her story, to give some insights and perspective that may not have come through the headlines over the last several days. this is a chance for her to be questioned in this setting about that meeting. we've seen her in an interview setting talking about her painful regret about the appearance of the meeting with the former president, although she and the former president say nothing inappropriate was discussed, it was family life and small talk, but she acknowledges that was unfortunate. also the question of there have been reports that perhaps bill clinton suggested that a president hillary clinton would keep the attorney general on in a new administration. expect her to be questioned about that. also the issue of was there perjury when james comey, the fbi director was here last week, he raised the issue of statements that he described as
not being accurate, said by the secretary of state in her interviews and perhaps to a degree in her testimony before the house, but at the same time very clearly saying they had no evidence that hillary clinton was not fully truthful. not evasive in her remarks and interview with investigators. so there is a push from the chairman of this committee and the chairman of the oversight committee to have the attorney -- the u.s. attorney's office look at the issue of perjury. now, that is politically charged, it is something that many say will not go forward, but expect that to be one of the sort of subtexts of this hearing today. they've made an official referral asking for that to be looked at because secretary clinton testified under oath before congress and now there is a different set of facts and the fbi saying that she was fully truthful with them. so where is kind of the disparate there? that's what they want to get at. and it is at a time when the conventions are about to begin, the politics are at a fever
pitch and -- and the secretary of state is trying to move forward after no criminal charges were filed. this is also going to be a question of did attorney general lynch find anything in the fbi's investigation that gives her pause? expect that to be the kind of back and forth today. it could be testy, it often is when there is a house hearing of this magnitude. chris. >> kelly o'donnell, thank you. kelly will be keeping her ear to it. we may go back to it as news warrants. meantime of course everyone here still reeling from the tragedy thursday night and protesters are continuing around the country. in atlanta the mayor and police department leaders met with protesters in an attempt to forge an open and peaceful dialogue. and listen to the anguish and frustration of a community, a move protesters are calling a win. contrast that to the weeksend where hundreds of protesters were arrested, only a few
arrests were reported last night. today the berrien county courthouse in michigan remains closed after a shooting left two bailiffs dead and one deputy injured. the bailiffs were escorting this man, larry darnell gordon to a hearing at the courthouse yesterday when he grabbed a gun from an officer shooting and killing two bailiffs. gordon also tried taking hostages but he was shot and killed. gordon had been facing multiple felony charges including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. the victims are identified as 61-year-old joseph sent gar row and ronald kienzle. still ahead the dallas police chief said officers are asked to do too much in this country. what can be done to ease their responsibilities and could it have a positive impact on police relations with their communities. plus a show of emotion from doctors who saved the lives of officers following thursday's attacks here, their calls for an end to the violence ahead. stay with us. at the beginning of the 21st century, the earth needed to find a new way
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we are back live in dallas waiting for the arrival of president obama and first lady michelle obama. they are departing andrews air force base this hour bound for texas. heading in to comfort a community in grief. i'm joined now by dallas deputy mayor pro tem eric wilson. good to see you again. i know you attended the vigil that was here last night, you're heading over to see the presidents and vice president. how important do you think are these gatherings for this community? >> i think it's very important for the community. it's a way of showing solidarity and the opportunity for communities to be heard and for both sides to hear each other. >> there has been in my experience the most extraordinary level of public grieving and honesty and openness in this city. i think we saw it with police
chief david brown yesterday. >> yes. >> when he addressed just how hard this has been for him, for everybody else, the incredible pressure that he is under. i just want to play a little bit of that sound. >> we're asking cops to do too much in this country. we are. we're just asking us to do too much. every societal failure we put it off on the cops to solve. not enough mental health funding. let the cop handle it. not enough drug addiction funding. let's give it to the cops. >> and then he added if there's a loose dog, the cops are expected to find it. you have 70% of young blacks being raised in single-family households without a dad. is this a wake-up call in that regard? the police officers, that they need more help? >> i really hope it is. should be a wake-up call not only for the police department but also for the community in terms of being able to support the officers and support
themselves in terms of the -- what we're expecting our officers to do, our state legislators, our federal legislators, it should be a wake-up call for everyone. >> they have a starting salary of, what, $44,000 a year so they're having trouble recruiting apparently. >> that's not only in dallas but all across the country. we have the baby boomers who are retiring and the generation x and y are coming behind it, they are not really interested in going into policing. it's a challenge throughout the country. >> challenge, too, for the doctors who were in that trauma center on thursday night and brian williams one of those doctors spoke so powerfully yesterday. let me play a little bit of what he had to say. >> once police officers see me and a black man and understand that i support you, i will defend you and i will care for you. that doesn't mean that i do not fear you. that doesn't mean that if you approach me i will not
immediately have a visceral reaction and start worrying for my personal safety. but i will control that the best i can and not let that impact how i deal with law enforcement. >> we've started a big conversation here. i think in a way that, in fact, sadly, many of the previous shootings of young black men have not sparked a conversation, but how do you take that conversation forward, even if a city that has acknowledged to have had better than usual relations between the police and community? >> first of all, i agree. i have three sons and i am just afraid as everyone else. >> do you have those conversations with them, how to behave when they're -- >> every time they leave the house. >> seriously? >> whether it's going to school, going out with their friends. that is a discussion that is a real discussion. >> so how do we take that discussion into the broader society, whether it's dallas or the rest of the country? >> part of it starts with first discussing talking about it and having transformational
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ahead of next week's gop convention in cleveland. trump himself now confirming his short list is down to four and that he's looking for someone with political experience. the list is a mixed bag consisting of a former speak of the house, a couple current governors and retired army general. hallie jackson is in cleveland before us, but before, hallie, we talk trump and his vp list you have just learned that one of the president's most frequent critics is coming with her here, right? >> reporter: senator cruz will be traveling with president obama to dallas for the service today. george w. bush will be there as well. this is significant. we are checking, we believe it may be -- we have our producer on this -- the first time that cruz has traveled with the president on his plane to an event like this. we also know as you pointed out cruz has long been a fierce critic of president obama's but his attendance with him, joining him at this event symbolic in
what is happening now as the two joined by other officials from around the country try to provide some measure of comfort to the american people after this tragedy. >> so we also heard that by the way, we just add to this that the speaker of the house has said he could not work it in his travel schedule to come. it is typical for the president to invite key people, including the sitting senator here, but as you say -- >> absolutely. >> a lot of people might be surprised to see him accept. in the meantime where you are everybody is buzzing, when will we hear from donald trump and what will he say? what are you hearing about his decision-making progress on the vp. >> reporter: i can answer one of those questions for you fairly definitively. trump has said he will announce his running mate by the end of this week. newt gingrich saying it could come possibly as early as thursday. the question of who it will be is a little bit more up in the air. as you know we have learned that
several finalists are being vetted. trump says it's down to the final four at this point, newt gingrich, new jersey governor chris christie, indiana governor mike pence that will be appearing with him tonight, former general mike flynn has been vetted although trump says he's looking for somebody more political than military. the question, chris, is what do each of these men bring to the ticket and what will trump do? even his top advisors acknowledge that ultimately this is a decision that depose in the hands of donald trump and it will ultimately be up to him as to who he wants to be by his side for the next four months and possibly longer if he does win the white house. even as of today no decision as of yet has been officially made, which indicates that trump still considering his options, perhaps right now. >> hallie jackson, i will see you soon in cleveland, thank you so much. back here at a news conference at parker memorial hospital what was expected to be an update on patients'
conditions yesterday evolved into a discussion on race relations among two doctors, one white, one black. good friends. it was a telling exchange that gives you an idea of where the hearts and minds of dallas residents are in this time of grief and the kinds of conversations it's evoking across america. i had a chance just minutes ago to speak with those two trauma gallons, dr. brian williams had just visited this memorial for the first time. >> when i first saw the memorial i -- within seconds i broke down and dr. eastman had to come over there and help me, we went back into the police station to have some privacy, but the thoughts were going through my head were certainly why did this happen, then i thought this memorial shouldn't be here, but i've been here for a while now and i've gone through it again and now i just feel uplifted because you see well wishes from all over the world here, from all
different religious backgrounds, ethnic and racial backgrounds and now i just see beauty in all this coming out of this horrific tragedy. >> today you're going down to memorial service, the president and vice president will be there, former president bush will be there. can there be the beginning of a healing here today? >> i don't -- with all due respect to the president and vice president, to former president bush, i am proud of this city that the healing started way before they land here today and i think we as a city refuse to be defined by this hateful act and the way forward what you've seen and you see the beginning of it here, you saw it last night at the candlelight vigil, the way forward is to focus on love, holding on to each other and chair sling the ways that we are similar. i've said it several times over the last 24 hours.
you know, brian and i are trauma surgeons and what we do is cut people open and fix what's wrong and close them back up. when you walk to the operating table and you look inside another human being, we're all pink on the inside. there's no difference. you can't tell. and i think what's important is that there may be differences in the way we look and there's differences in the way we interact with law enforcement and there's differences in the way that we feel about even something as horrific as this incident, but the bottom line is both of us love each other, care about each other, come from a base of respecting each other and hope that we personally can move forward and that we professionally can move forward, but probably most importantly as a community and a country we can move forward. >> yesterday at the press
conference you all talked about difficult conversations that are going on between black surgeon and white surgeon and race in america. where is that conversation going? where does it need to go? >> those conversations are certainly in very, very early stages and right now -- i mean, for me i'm trying to focus on empathizing with the families of all the victims that we've had this last week. i'm still trying to process everything that's happened and that weighs on my mind constantly. it's just a constant heaviness that is there. so at some point we will get to those discussions, they're beginning, but right now there's other things that are occupying
my mind. >> i did have a conversation yesterday after your press conference and i thought one of the more powerful things that you said and the whole press conference was, i thought, important and enlightening, but you talked about being a black surgeon and seeing white police officers coming in and respecting them and you were going to do everything you could to save them, but you also were aware of the fact that when you see a police officer as a black man there was fear, and he thought it was important to hear that from someone who was a person of status, a person of education, a person not in their teens or 20s, and i wonder if you realize the impact you have had or thought more about what you had to say yesterday? >> well, i've received literally hundreds of text messages and e-mails from people that are commenting on what has happened.
so the reality of that is sinking in and i have not responded to many of them. i didn't anticipate that response. i'm glad it is sparking that kind of conversation, but it's telling that it matters that a person of status has to say that before it becomes a national conversation. that should not matter. >> brian and i have a very long history together and i would say we are not as close as family, we are family, and so it's not surprising to me because i know the pain that he felt on thursday, i know the pain that i felt on thursday and that we both have continued to feel since. and so it's not a surprise to me. it's a bit disheartening. we should be able to have this conversation before a person of stature or whoever has to bring it to our national
consciousness. >> two incredibly thoughtful men and i appreciate the time of dr. brian williams and his friend, his very good friend as well. we will have much more coming up right after this. owen! hey kevin. hey, fancy seeing you here. uh, i live right over there actually. you've been to my place. no, i wasn't...oh look, you dropped something. it's your resume with a 20 dollar bill taped to it. that's weird. you want to work for ge too. hahaha, what? well we're always looking for developers who are up for big world changing challenges like making planes, trains and hospitals run better. why don't you check your new watch and tell me what time i shou be ere. oh, i don't hire people. i'm gonna a ed monday off. agai not my call.
we're back here in dallas where we're waiting for the arrival of president obama. his 11th visit to a community after a mass shooting and there you see air force one, he boarded just a few minutes ago. some of the places where he has had to have these difficult conversations from fort hood to sandy hook to charleston to orlando, and the president has expressed his frustrations with gun violence time and time again. how will his speech today be different and how can the nation's first black president walk that line of addressing racial tensions? joining me now former chief speech writer for president bill clinton michael waldman. good to see you, thank you for joining us.
we are told that the president has taken the lead in this, in fact, i think his main speech writer is actually finally taking his honeymoon but you know what it's like to be around a president during a tough time. what can he say this time? how does he frame it? >> well, this is an important speech. he has a significant role, but of course not the only role. the first and most basic task for the president is to speak to the people in the room, to the families who have lost loved ones, the community that has had an act of violence directed at law enforcement who were protecting a peaceful protest, but really understanding that above all the people in the room and those families are the principal audience. he also is giving this talk after, as you say, repeated acts of violence of mass shootings and in the context of a lot of national focus and division and debate over race and policing and how we can fix our law
enforcement system. i assume he will touch on those issues, but in all likelihood this is a chance for him to say that one of the tasks is to restore the trust and the bonds of trust between police and the communities but not a full blown policy speech. this is a speech for healing as much as possible which is always limited in a sense in something like this. >> and i assume that given the fact that he will be proceeded by the former commander in chief, george w. bush, there has been quite a few conversations between their two staffs? >> yes, you've got president george w. bush, president obama and as i understand vice president biden all speaking as part of this national community and the great challenge at a moment like this is in a time of sorrow, in a time of anguish when there really aren't answers that can be given in so many ways about an act of madness
there any way to lift up the national community, and i think understanding the limits of a talk like this it can be very useful, but it should not be and will not be i'm sure the only time these issues are addressed. >> we've talked about this before, but there has been a level of frustration that the president has been very vocal about, that his senior staff has been very vocal about, about addressing these issues, again and again and again, gun violence being probably at the top of the list and yet here we are again, here he is giving a speech like this again. we've seen him get emotional before, we certainly saw it in charleston, we saw him, you know, singing at that particular memorial service. would you expect knowing this president, having watched him, that this will in many ways be a personal or emotional speech for him? >> i think we'll hear personal sadness, i think we'll hear a
raw wound that the president has felt having to go through this over and over again. and i think that you heard the mayor of dallas in the heart of texas talking about how it made it so hard at the scene when there were people carrying long guns openly and there are many -- many conversations to be had on how we heal our criminal justice system, heal the divide between law enforcement and communities and address this issue of gun violence which underlies so much of it. it's something that our country has that other countries do not have to the same degree. >> former presidential speech writer michael waldman. thank you, michael, appreciate it. >> thank you. attorney general loretta lynch testifying right now to the house judiciary committee into the investigation of the use of a private e-mail server
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relitigating the facts at this time. it's a closed matter and that while she was briefed on it, it was really the work of the investigators and the fbi and the career prosecutors who made that referral. now, at the same time when the top democrat on the committee john conyers who is the dean of the house serving here since 1965, he is from michigan and he wanted to talk about some of the policing issues in the country and get some of her feedback on that. it's just getting going, chris, and you will find that the outlines will be democrats will want to talk about issues that appeal to them and they believe are really at the heart of this moment, wanting to move past some of these other matters, and republicans will press, press, press if more or something different could have been done with respect to hillary clinton. chris. >> it's going to be a long day in that seat. kelly o'donnell, thank you so much. in the meantime, we are just moments away from, i guess, the official end of a contentious democratic primary. bernie sanders set to endorse hillary clinton in new hampshire effectively ending their
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devastating, mris ring, even though, as you know, there was no prosecution, but the political indictment from the fbi director was really tough. it's only three points as you point out. she needs the bernie sanders supporters. in our last poll about 66% of them said that they were willing to support her, but she needs real enthusiasm, she needs bernie sanders out there, she needs his money, list, his contributors as you know so well from spending time with him the amount of money that he was generating online that would be very helpful to her. just talking to people here online today, they are not yet won over, some of them telling me that they hope he does not endorse today. i don't want to disappoint anyone online here, but he's going to endorse today. how enthusiastic he is is another question. he got most of what he wanted in the platform, in fact, the trump people are putting out media blasts on social media today saying that she has caved in completely and has moved all the way over to the left. so she has gone along with what
bernie sanders is supporting on the $15 an hour minimum wage, she's -- on the death penalty, as well on a sliding scale she is supporting now free public college tuition. so all of this to try to get those millennials, those young people who as you know, chris, have been really reluctant to come on board with hillary clinton, they view her as the establishment. she is trying to tap into that bernie sanders enthusiasm. >> i know from talking to hundreds of them as i covered the sanders campaign and you've talked to them, too, andrea, just how passionate they are. and one of the things that really strikes me when i look at our poll today and look at some others recently is the number of people who are supporting third party candidates and in some ways i guess minor party candidates, however you want to phrase it. i actually had one high level operative joke to me i'm not even sure they know who they are, they just know that they don't want either of the other two. so that's where it becomes
critical. and you do wonder how many of those folks who now say, for example, they're going to ve libertarian could be won over by bernie sanders support. is there a sense within the clinton campaign how malleable that is? >> reporter: they are hopeful about that because they think that the big equalizer is dislike in this -- this camp for donald trump, and bernie sanders, you know, he trounced her by 22 points here in new hampshire so it's no accident that we are next door to vermont in new hampshire where he was so popular, where trump was so popular. so this is a state that's only four electoral votes but this is a state that he could help her win. >> andrea mitchell who has been covering the democrats since day one. thank you, andrea. we will get back to you, i know you will be watching very closely there. we have much more ahead on msnbc live this busy news day.
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in dallas. president obama on air force one on his way here for a memorial service and this memorial continues to grow. everywhere you look are the stars and stripes on balloons, on american flags. this isn't just a texas tragedy, it is an american tragedy. we will hear the president address this here in dallas in just a few hours. craig melvin picks up our continuing coverage on msnbc. breaking right now here on msnbc, bernie sanders set to endorse hillary clinton just moments from now. they are appearing together for the first time after their contentious primary fight in the battle frowned state of new hampshire. we will have live coverage in just a moment. also more breaking news this morning. attorney general loretta lynch testifying on capitol hill right now over her meeting with bill clinton. that happened just before the fbi ended its inquiry of hillary clinton. we will go there as